The Cullman Times
The deployment of the 167th unit of the Alabama Army National Guard stands as a reminder that peace around the world is difficult to attain.
A deployment ceremony is scheduled at 11 a.m. today at the Cullman County Fairgrounds. The local contingent will include about 140 people who will join hundreds more across the state.
The 167th is likely headed for Afghanistan, which remains the main front of the nation’s war against terrorism.
Family and friends will come out today to wish their loved ones well as they prepare to embark to a mobilization site. They will be away from home and the normal routines of life for quite some time, but with continued support from family and area residents their time of service will go by much quicker.
The commitment to serve in the military is an important part of American life. Armed services members are volunteers who carry a deep respect for the freedoms and life that is found in the United States. Without such commitment and appreciation for American values, our nation’s strength and foundation would be in jeopardy.
The 167th also carries a long history of service, dating back to the Civil War when they were known as the 4th Alabama regiment. By World War I, the unit became known as the 167th and later served in World War II and Korea.
Answering the call to serve requires personal sacrifice. Leaving family, friends and community for a lengthy period can be difficult for the service member and those at home. While volunteering to serve comes with the understanding that these time may come, a word of thanks from the community is comforting.
Take time today to attend the deployment ceremony. You may or may not know a member of the 167th, but they are serving the interests of our nation. A good sendoff and staying in contact in the months ahead would be meaningful for the 167th.